6 Best Places to Cycle in Toronto

If you're looking for some of the best cycling to be had in Toronto, you've come to the right place. We cycle the city every day and have found some fantastic routes that some of you may know well and that will be a pleasant surprise to others. Cycling in and around the city is one of the best ways to discover new neighborhoods, enjoy nature and get fit fast. What's more, Toronto offers a great mix of off-road trails, bicycle lanes and signed routes. It's relatively flat going too, but we'll tell you about some of the more challenging routes when you really want to break off and push yourself.

High Park Ellis Loop

This is one of our favorite routes! It's perfect for blowing away the stress after work in the summer and a great 5 km loop for any road cyclist looking for a quick blast at the end of the day. Taking in a few short climbs and some beautiful scenery, you'll be riding half on road and half on dirt on this route.

Suitable for: All levels

Bluffer's Park, Scarborough Bluffs

When you want to give your calves a good workout, Bluffer's Park offers a good stretch for seasoned riders with masses of energy to burn. Situated at the foot of the Scarborough Bluffs, Bluffer's Park offers riders a 15 km stretch with fantastic views, parklands, lagoons and marinas along the way. Just remember to reserve some energy for the ride back up the hill!

Suitable for: Experienced cyclists

Waterfront Trail

The Waterfront Trail, also known locally as the Goodman Trail, is a great route for tourists looking to take in as many landmarks and features as possible on their bike ride. Starting at Queen's Quay or York and heading west, you'll take in the Toronto Music Garden, Ontario Place and the Sunnyside Pavilion along the route. There's always something going on down at the Harbourfront Center, so be sure to check out the schedule of events.

Suitable for: All levels

Don Valley Ridge Trails

The trails that traverse the wall of the Don Valley are not for beginners -- they feature plenty of technical sections that demand experience and agility. North Shore-style structures and off-camber areas only add to the challenge. This route is a favorite place to ride for many mountain bikers and features almost 10 km of trails.

Suitable for: Experienced cyclists

Taylor Creek Trail

If you're looking for an easygoing ride in a beautiful setting, the Taylor Creek Trail is the perfect choice. Nothing technical here -- just a few winding sections on hard-packed dirt. The trail isn't long -- just 3.5 km -- and also links to the Don Valley Trail system if you fancy pushing yourself harder.

Suitable for: All levels

Centennial Park - Etobicoke Creek Trails

The Etobicoke Creek Trails are perfect for casual riders and meander along both sides of the river. You'll find a good mix of single tracks and wider paths set along a 10 km route. While there isn't anything too technical to worry about here, the setting is so beautiful that bikers of all abilities use the trails.

Suitable for: All levels

Now Show Us Yours!

This is just a small selection of the trails and routes available across the city. We'll be bringing you more in later posts, and we'd love to hear from you if you've discovered a new scenic route or want to share one with us that really gets your heart pumping!

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